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post #31 of 63
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Originally Posted by wcr1 View Post

Having just moved from Colorado back to Ohio after 11 years (not by my choice), I'm really depressed to hear the bad reports on Snowshoe.  I'm also surprised to hear Seven Springs is highly regarded?  My memories of Seven Springs is that it was kind of overcroweded and overpriced.  Also, someone mentioned how good the skiers were there, not sure how skiers can be much different than anywhere else give the proximity to Pitt.

I have plenty of gripes about Snowshoe, but after skiing three weeks out west last season (one in Jackson, two at Alta) I have to admit that my best powder day was at Snowshoe in February.  Just happened to be the perfect combination of snow and timing.  So don't write it off just yet.

My advice is to NOT go there on a weekend mid-season, as it's a zoo and totally not worth it.  On the other hand, if you hit a powder day in the middle of the week, it can be fantastic there.  Snowshoe is probably the snowiest resort in the mid-Atlantic (followed closely by Timberline) and they often get very nice powder.  Just remember, AVOID WEEKENDS!  In terms of cost, get a condo and pack/cook your own food, and it can be fairly reasonable.
post #32 of 63
I've never been there, but it seems to me that the mgt company is more worried about building fancy ski village then maintaining a skiable mountain.  For me, Holiday Valley, Bristol Mountain are my places of choice for a driveable location.  I'll even go to Boyne if I need to.  But I won't drive 8 hours for a place like Snowshoe.  It's too small to pay 75 for a lift ticket.  I'll be in Utah in Feb 2010, and lift tickets don't cost that much.  It's rediculous that they charge that much.  But then again, they have to pay for that fancy village.
post #33 of 63
When the Western territory is not open (and they really don't seem to make it a priority to open it compared to the front side where all the condos are)  then the place skis really small.  They don't advertise the vertical of the front side but I would guess that 750 is being generous.  That said, if the WT is open , I have never waited in a line and it is quite fun.  Most Snowshoe skiers are scared off by the "expert "designation of the trails, plus they have to take off their skis and walk across the road.
post #34 of 63
 While the prices are sadly comparable to what is out West you have to consider what their customer demographics are like.  While the incremental expense of a flight over driving is perfectly fine for a solo traveler or a couple is pales in comparison for what it will take to fly a family or extended family to Denver, SLC, Reno, etc.  Families in the mid-Atlantic, Southeast and to a lesser extent the Eastern Midwest is Snowshoe's bread and butter.  To them they just want a good vacation spot not necessarily the most skiing for the money.  I'm in Cincinnati and I certainly travel out West to ski but sometimes renting a big house with 12 friends is a nice way to spend a long weekend so I do ski at Snowshoe on occasion.  Getting 12 people organized to fly is hard to do and I have to admit sometimes friends are more important than the terrain.

As for Snowshoe terrain tips, the weekends can be hairy but I've found that the usual crowds that come on weekends tend to like to sleep in so you can ski the basin side with no problems for the first few hours.  Likewise the Western Territory almost never sees lift lines or crowded slopes.  The real secret is that even on the craziest busy days, the Silver Creek slopes, especially the two black runs farthest away from the lodge never ever have a line.  I've experience honest to God knee deep powder days there all while skiing onto the lift.  The only waiting you will do is for the slowest member of your party.
post #35 of 63
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Originally Posted by mmascolino View Post

 While the prices are sadly comparable to what is out West you have to consider what their customer demographics are like.  While the incremental expense of a flight over driving is perfectly fine for a solo traveler or a couple is pales in comparison for what it will take to fly a family or extended family to Denver, SLC, Reno, etc.  Families in the mid-Atlantic, Southeast and to a lesser extent the Eastern Midwest is Snowshoe's bread and butter.  To them they just want a good vacation spot not necessarily the most skiing for the money.  I'm in Cincinnati and I certainly travel out West to ski but sometimes renting a big house with 12 friends is a nice way to spend a long weekend so I do ski at Snowshoe on occasion.  Getting 12 people organized to fly is hard to do and I have to admit sometimes friends are more important than the terrain.

As for Snowshoe terrain tips, the weekends can be hairy but I've found that the usual crowds that come on weekends tend to like to sleep in so you can ski the basin side with no problems for the first few hours.  Likewise the Western Territory almost never sees lift lines or crowded slopes.  The real secret is that even on the craziest busy days, the Silver Creek slopes, especially the two black runs farthest away from the lodge never ever have a line.  I've experience honest to God knee deep powder days there all while skiing onto the lift.  The only waiting you will do is for the slowest member of your party.

I understand what you're saying about travel.  Even getting 12 people organized to rent a condo is hard enough.  I've been the ski trip organizer more then once, and it's not always pleasant. 
But back to a  lift ticket price.  I look at it like this, if a place is small enough to ski in one day, 75.00 is way to much.  I can drive half the distance, ski for much less money in places that are relatively close in size, in western NY.  I've not looked into what lodging costs at Snow Shoe, I'm only talking about lift prices.  I have a feeling lodging will be over priced also
post #36 of 63
Having been to the Rockies many times, we only go to SS when we absolutely just have to.  Pretty much 1 day at the time is all I can stand.  I would like to try T-line multi-day during the week one time ... just to see which is the worser of the 2 evils.

Ryanjm ... next time try to do some lookin on here as the opinions are real and mostly current.  For my 2 cents worth - all the above rants sum up perfectly my opinions and I didn't even have to type
post #37 of 63
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I understand what you're saying about travel.  Even getting 12 people organized to rent a condo is hard enough.  I've been the ski trip organizer more then once, and it's not always pleasant. 
But back to a  lift ticket price.  I look at it like this, if a place is small enough to ski in one day, 75.00 is way to much.  I can drive half the distance, ski for much less money in places that are relatively close in size, in western NY.  I've not looked into what lodging costs at Snow Shoe, I'm only talking about lift prices.  I have a feeling lodging will be over priced also

I agree with you, going to WNY is a much better option than Snowshoe for where you live (I grew up in WNY skiing at Bristol and Holiday Valley anyways). For us in southern OH/northern KY, it's a LONG drive. But I still think it's worth the extra time. Bristol added a new high speed quad this year along the Galaxy line, extending it top to bottom, which will relieve some of the pressure on the Comet quad and hypothetically opening up the possibility of adding terrain north along the ridgeline. With the strong vertical there and good pitch I've always believed they could be a major player in the drive-to market but they need to improve their snowmaking and dining/entertainment options to compete with Holiday Valley.

SARA (Southern Alpine Racing Association) has the finals at Snowshoe this year and I was not happy to find that out. There is absolutely no cheap lodging options up there. I don't care about ski in/ski out, but there isn't even a chain hotel within 50 miles where I might be able to snag on the cheap on Priceline. For Sugar Mountain this weekend, I'm paying $30 a night to stay in Johnson City and drive 45 miles in the morning. That's my kind of lodging...
post #38 of 63
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I agree with you, going to WNY is a much better option than Snowshoe for where you live (I grew up in WNY skiing at Bristol and Holiday Valley anyways). For us in southern OH/northern KY, it's a LONG drive. But I still think it's worth the extra time. Bristol added a new high speed quad this year along the Galaxy line, extending it top to bottom, which will relieve some of the pressure on the Comet quad and hypothetically opening up the possibility of adding terrain north along the ridgeline. With the strong vertical there and good pitch I've always believed they could be a major player in the drive-to market but they need to improve their snowmaking and dining/entertainment options to compete with Holiday Valley.

SARA (Southern Alpine Racing Association) has the finals at Snowshoe this year and I was not happy to find that out. There is absolutely no cheap lodging options up there. I don't care about ski in/ski out, but there isn't even a chain hotel within 50 miles where I might be able to snag on the cheap on Priceline. For Sugar Mountain this weekend, I'm paying $30 a night to stay in Johnson City and drive 45 miles in the morning. That's my kind of lodging...

Yeah and while I'm never pay that low of a rate when I travel there, I am going with larger groups that push my daily price down quite a bit plus give me access to accommodations that provide for things like a private hot tub and a full kitchen to cook great meals with friends.  However, I could certainly see the lodging price being a huge pain if I was a Snowshoe solo traveler.
post #39 of 63
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Originally Posted by Taylormatt View Post

If Tline could just get that damned Willy Nelson CD out of the sound system...

Heh Taylormatt willi's still waylon away at timberline, takes me half a week to get him outta my head after a weekend there : D .

Here's some good advice on beating the crowds if you absolutely hafta go to teh Shoe.

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 As for Snowshoe terrain tips, the weekends can be hairy but I've found that the usual crowds that come on weekends tend to like to sleep in so you can ski the basin side with no problems for the first few hours.  Likewise the Western Territory almost never sees lift lines or crowded slopes.  The real secret is that even on the craziest busy days, the Silver Creek slopes, especially the two black runs farthest away from the lodge never ever have a line.  I've experience honest to God knee deep powder days there all while skiing onto the lift.  The only waiting you will do is for the slowest member of your party.

 
post #40 of 63

As a relatively new skiier, We (my family and myself) agree that SS blows. My daughter (8yrs. old at the time) almost taken out by a snowboarder on a narrow run. It's good to see that more experienced skiiers feel the same way. WE have gone to Cannan Valley last year and we'll go again this year. It's basically half the price of SS with very few people. I realize Canaan isn't great like out west but with your comment as an experienced skiier that you had a great powder day there leads me to believe that we made a wise choice as far as what is locally available.

post #41 of 63
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I agree with you, going to WNY is a much better option than Snowshoe for where you live (I grew up in WNY skiing at Bristol and Holiday Valley anyways). For us in southern OH/northern KY, it's a LONG drive. But I still think it's worth the extra time. Bristol added a new high speed quad this year along the Galaxy line, extending it top to bottom, which will relieve some of the pressure on the Comet quad and hypothetically opening up the possibility of adding terrain north along the ridgeline. With the strong vertical there and good pitch I've always believed they could be a major player in the drive-to market but they need to improve their snowmaking and dining/entertainment options to compete with Holiday Valley.

SARA (Southern Alpine Racing Association) has the finals at Snowshoe this year and I was not happy to find that out. There is absolutely no cheap lodging options up there. I don't care about ski in/ski out, but there isn't even a chain hotel within 50 miles where I might be able to snag on the cheap on Priceline. For Sugar Mountain this weekend, I'm paying $30 a night to stay in Johnson City and drive 45 miles in the morning. That's my kind of lodging...
 

I understand that drive time is something that is a consideration where alot of people live.  I can make it to Bristol in about 6, Holiday in 4.  6 is about the max I'll drive to ski for place of those sizes, and from where I'm at, Snow Shoe is around 8 hours, so for it's size, it's not worth the drive for me.  I liked Bristol alot because of the vertical and the terrain more then Holiday, but I would still be happy to ski Holiday also.  I don't need shops, stores, bars, etc...When I go somewhere, I go to ski.  And as long as the lifts are running and my body allows it, I'll be skiing.  I can't stand the whole "apres ski" cliche and it sounds like that's what Snow Shoe mgt cares more about.
post #42 of 63
I have a friend that snowboards at Snowshoe a lot.  Here is his most recent ripping video.  Enjoy

post #43 of 63
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I have a friend that snowboards at Snowshoe a lot.  Here is his most recent ripping video.  Enjoy


 

Sorry, but this simply cannot be at Snowshoe ... this guy is not sitting on his arse in the middle of the trail and picking his nose.
post #44 of 63
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Sorry, but this simply cannot be at Snowshoe ... this guy is not sitting on his arse in the middle of the trail and picking his nose.

post #45 of 63
I have been following this thread for a while (lurking I guess) and Snowshoe does have its quirks for sure.  I actually own a place up there because I live in the Northern VA area and it is simply the best Ski resort driving distance from me.  I also rent it out on VRBO.com (I highly recommend it to people looking to rent a place from an *owner* not a resort - its much cheaper and you get a way better product and you can negotiate).  

Just some quick statistics...my condo rents for $350/night (weekend) and $300 (weekday) during peak season and it sleeps 8-10.  Say you have just 6 people in there and that works out to less then $60/person per night.  In my opinion, thats pretty cheap and it gets cheaper the more people you get in there.  

Second, anyone who complains about resort food being too expensive is just not thinking clearly :).  If you eat at *any* resort it is going to cost you.  It doesn't matter if its skiing or a beach resort you are going to get gouged.  Again, if you rent a condo it will have a full kitchen, buy you food and bring it up with you and cook at home.  This saves you substantial money.  I personally bring up a cooler with food and never eat in the Village.  I tell all my renters to do the same.  Last time I had a group of friends up for the week we spent $200 for the week on food and split 6 ways...$33/person.

Lastly, the lift ticket prices do somewhat suck but you can be smart about those too.  The Krogers (grocery stores) in this area have mid week deal that if you buy 4 12 packs of coke you get a free lift ticket - so I think thats $24?  If you have to go up during the weekend then Costco sells lift tickets for I believe $120 for 2 tickets (it used to be much cheaper).

I guess what I'm saying is that it can be done cheaply.  Now is the resort better then anything out West?  No.  Out West blows Snowshoe out of the water.  But just for a comparison to out West...I pay $230 for a flight to SFO (cheaper then Reno) on Virgin America, then I get a car for $200 for the week and I stay with friends so at least thats free.  So basically, $430 just to get to the mountain and then I pay about $50-80 per lift ticket depending on the mountain (Kirkwood or Squaw) without even mentioning food.  Thats way more expensive then Snowshoe and trying to get 6 of my buddies out there is way harder then just throwing them in my Pathfinder and driving up :).

So if you want better conditions and more slopes and way better terrain go to out West but it will be more.  If you want some decent fun and you live driving distance to Snowshoe then that's your best bet. 

-Paul
post #46 of 63
http://www.morninggloryinn.com/
This bed and breakfast is about 3 to 5 miles from the base of the mountain and is pretty comfortable.  At $79 per weeknight, it's a really good deal for 2 to 4 people in a room.  The inn is kept up by an older couple and they never have more than about 10 people at a time.  It's very peaceful and offers easy access to the slopes.  The weekend rates jump to $150, but we stayed for a whole week and they gave us the weeknight rate the entire time. 

There's a ski/snowboard rental shop on the way to the mountain that has good rates and a knowledgeable staff.  Their website:  http://www.ridesnowshoe.com/

And 2 or 3 miles from Morning Glory Inn in the direction opposite of Snowshoe, there's an awesome restaurant with a bit of a cajun influence.  Their website:  http://www.elkriverinnandrestaurant.com/

Snowshoe is the only resort I've ever skied, so I have nothing to compare it to.  It's where I learned to ski.  I learned the basics in a well-taught group beginner class.  Then I took a 1-on-1 advanced class and progressed immensely.  

We park for free at Top of the World.  This parking lot is huge and provides access to the slopes at the Soaring Eagle lift.  There are several blues and blacks accessed below this lift....and greens.  You can by lift tickets at this location, along with food and lockers (which you don't need b/c your car is right there).  There's also a really good restaurant called Ember(s?), and a private ski/board shop.  Oh, and the free shuttle service stops here too.  If you find lodging off the mounting, I recommend this area - Top of the World - as your "base camp".  Get there early and you'll be pleased to find the parking lot completely empty.

Like the other posters said, Snowshoe's lift tickets are pretty high, especially considering you can only ski the main basin till 4 or 5 in the evening b/c they close the slopes.  You have to go to Silver Creek to night ski.  I've never skied at Silver Creek, but I imagine it gets pretty busy. 

I'm going to Breckenridge next month so I'm sure I'll be spoiled and never want to go back to Snowshoe :)
post #47 of 63
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Originally Posted by crackermun View Post

Just some quick statistics...my condo rents for $350/night (weekend) and $300 (weekday) during peak season and it sleeps 8-10.  Say you have just 6 people in there and that works out to less then $60/person per night.  In my opinion, thats pretty cheap and it gets cheaper the more people you get in there.  

Second, anyone who complains about resort food being too expensive is just not thinking clearly :).  If you eat at *any* resort it is going to cost you.  It doesn't matter if its skiing or a beach resort you are going to get gouged.  Again, if you rent a condo it will have a full kitchen, buy you food and bring it up with you and cook at home.  This saves you substantial money.  I personally bring up a cooler with food and never eat in the Village.  I tell all my renters to do the same.  Last time I had a group of friends up for the week we spent $200 for the week on food and split 6 ways...$33/person.

I guess what I'm saying is that it can be done cheaply.  Now is the resort better then anything out West?  No.  Out West blows Snowshoe out of the water.  But just for a comparison to out West...I pay $230 for a flight to SFO (cheaper then Reno) on Virgin America, then I get a car for $200 for the week and I stay with friends so at least thats free.  So basically, $430 just to get to the mountain and then I pay about $50-80 per lift ticket depending on the mountain (Kirkwood or Squaw) without even mentioning food.  Thats way more expensive then Snowshoe and trying to get 6 of my buddies out there is way harder then just throwing them in my Pathfinder and driving up :).
 

Yeah, it seems that there are decent times to go up there, and as long as you don't have anywhere else near you, and pick up your groceries before you get to the mountain, and cook all your own food, it's a decent place.  I think it just sucks compared to every place else I've ever been.  If your mountain isn't great, the food/lodging should be cheap. But it's not. It's as expensive as 5-star resorts out West. And the tricky thing is how Snowshoe is situated--you're basically stuck at the resort because the nearest _anything_ is 30 minutes away. So there's no alternative restaurants to go to that have reasonably priced food.

To give you an example of a 4 night, 5 day trip I'm going on in late Jan to Snowbird/Alta:
Alta:
$220 - airfare roundtrip to SLC from Cleveland, OH
$40pp  - shuttle fare roundtrip to resort
$100pp - slopeside room for 4, 4 nights
$165 - 4 days of skiing at snowbird/alta

Total: $525 + food

Snowshoe:

$20pp - gas, assuming you have 2 cars that can fit 6 ppl plus gear and live reasonably close
$200pp - your room, 4 nights, assuming you find 6 ppl to go
$240  - approx lift ticket price assuming deals found

Total: $460 + food

Food will be more at Alta because we're eating out rather than cook, but in an area as large as Alta, there will be more than 4 restaurants all owned by the same company in some sort of semi-collusive monopoly all charging $20 for a sub sandwich. Plus we don't have to shop/cook.

 

 

post #48 of 63
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Originally Posted by ryanjm View Post

 To give you an example of a 4 night, 5 day trip I'm going on in late Jan to Snowbird/Alta:
Alta:
$220 - airfare roundtrip to SLC from Cleveland, OH
$40pp  - shuttle fare roundtrip to resort
$100pp - slopeside room for 4, 4 nights
$165 - 4 days of skiing at snowbird/alta

Total: $525 + food 

 

just curious what shuttle is $40 RT and where you can get four ALTA/BIRD tix for $165

i usually figure $60+ shuttle and around $60/day lift tix, unless you get the super pass by staying in SLC,
but maybe i'm paying too much..

independent of that,  alta will still be WAY WAY better....
post #49 of 63
Thread Starter 
https://www.wcshuttle.com is the shuttle company. They are cheaper than any other place as you already know.

And the lift tix are indeed the superpass, which I got by buying through travelocity when I booked the hotel. Incidentally the rate I quoted is for the Cliff Lodge, which has a rooftop outdoor pool and hot tub which is supposed to be pretty awesome.
post #50 of 63
Not so funny to read all this now...seems the SS vs Every-other-Mtn has been going on awhile...I grew up skiing SS and always found it to be a blast.  Revisited 6 years ago and stayed in the same rooms w/ the new hubby as I did growing up (completely different activities, I might say..We-hew!).  Now, with a 4 yr old son, we wanted a gentle mountain to train him on.  So we are booking it up to SS Jan 11.  Hopefully, I can wash all of the remarks out of my mind and enjoy my mid-week vaca in a ski in/ski out condo.  Already planned to take our own food/drink - how else can anyone afford a vacation these days!!  6 years ago Cup Run was a hoot, but I guess my opinion doesn't hold much water, since I would fall into the category of 'casual skiier.'  I actually joined this post to see if there was anywhere to purchase lift tix other than the mtn b/c yes, they are ripping a new one with the $70+ prices...Local ski shops are no longer selling them.  Anyone with a hint would be greatly appreciated...especially since it appears I will have a million other hurdles during the vaca. 
post #51 of 63
There is a deal on SS lift tickets at Kroger grocery stores. You can buy 4 12-packs of Coke products and you will get a receipt that can be used to buy two lift tickets for the price of one at SS. You may need to use their shoppers card which is easy to get, just fill out a form at the customer service desk and you get the card.
post #52 of 63
Hey Chica you got the shoe figured out, MidWeek is the way to go. I agree the skiing is just fine compared to other "local" options, maybe not as challenging but we've always enjoyed the mountain, sort of. Costco has had a deal on tickets in years past, $110 for two iirc. Have fun

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 Hopefully, I can wash all of the remarks out of my mind and enjoy my mid-week vaca in a ski in/ski out condo.  Already planned to take our own food/drink - how else can anyone afford a vacation these days!!  6 years ago Cup Run was a hoot, but I guess my opinion doesn't hold much water, since I would fall into the category of 'casual skiier.'  I actually joined this post to see if there was anywhere to purchase lift tix other than the mtn b/c yes, they are ripping a new one with the $70+ prices...
 


 
post #53 of 63
Crackermun, I sent you a PM.

I've been a long time skier at Snowshoe, and I feel like it's the best resort in the Mid-Atlantic.  Overpriced, maybe, but I've found the conditions at Snowshoe to be better than other places in the area.  Our usual plan is to start at Snowshoe, then around lunch head over to SilverCreek which is less crowded at that time.  It's not out west, but it's a 4 hour drive, not an 8 hr traveling headache, especially to take skis with you on a plane.
post #54 of 63
Having worked at Massanutten and Wintergreen, skiing in the southeast is just a beginner sport with some chairlifts and booze.....out west now for 23 years and where real skiers ski, all I can say is they could not PAY me to go back east!!!! Rocky MTN Hostel in Fraser $25 per night and busses to Winter Park free!!!
post #55 of 63

bump to an old thread started back in 2009.  Covers both pros and cons.  Not that much has changed in the last few years.

 

For those who haven't noticed yet, Snowshoe is has a season pass deal for $199 that covers the rest of this season and 2013-14.

post #56 of 63
I live in Columbus, OH. I have never been to SS, but even at this price I'm not convinced I want to do it. For the southerners driving north it makes more sense. For me though I can get to the Canaan Valley WV, Blue Knob PA and Holiday Valley NY in slightly less time than it takes to get to SS. I have crunched the numbers for what a trip costs to these areas and factored in what I perceive to be the ski experience and I'm still thinking this SS pass isn't the best option.

Of course going west is prefered, but I can't do that more than 2-3 times a year and need to chase good midatlantic days when I can.
post #57 of 63

wolfelot: since you liked the more intense terrain at BK, I'd saying going there beats SS for weekend skiing for sure.  Certainly nothing to compare with Stembogan and Extrovert at SS.  Stembogan is lit, so when staying overnight on the slopes, it was fun to get in a couple more runs after dinner.

 

The SS $199 pass makes good sense for parents who can take their kids for a long weekend.

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I live in Columbus, OH. I have never been to SS, but even at this price I'm not convinced I want to do it. For the southerners driving north it makes more sense. For me though I can get to the Canaan Valley WV, Blue Knob PA and Holiday Valley NY in slightly less time than it takes to get to SS. I have crunched the numbers for what a trip costs to these areas and factored in what I perceive to be the ski experience and I'm still thinking this SS pass isn't the best option.

Of course going west is prefered, but I can't do that more than 2-3 times a year and need to chase good midatlantic days when I can.
post #58 of 63

OMG if i hadn't read the name I would have sworn that you were talking about Intrawest's Blue Mountain, Collingwood Ontario resort with it's 700 Veritcal, 26000 Uphill skier capacity and under two hour access to the 12 Million population of GTA (Greater Toronto Area).  Love the swish the stick around in the ant hill, I have skied there, thought not in WV.  Great report.  I'm sure there is lovely quiet times at the Snow Shoe like Blue Mountain, Ontario (during the week before noon).  But I sure wouldn't wanna go there on a holiday or weekend. 

 

I checked out copper last year, lovely terrain, but I was there on a weekday near the years end so not sure on it's crowds and such.

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In a word, the place sucks. I went there with some friends this weekend after hearing good things from some friends of my brother, but they must have never skied out west or in NY. I've never had a bad experience anywhere I've skied (and I always have to go during the busy school break periods) except here.

A quick search here shows that most of EpicSki knows the name of the game out there: Overcrowded and overpriced. I wish I had checked here before going. I've never seen so many beginners on the slopes in my life. Almost every run became a game of "dodge a newb" with half sitting in the middle of runs and the other half with shakey-leg-steer-with-my-arms pie wedgers trying to make their way down diamond runs. The mountain resembled an ant hill right after you poke a stick in the middle and swish it around. Except rather than a coordinated defense effort you have ants running into each other and flailing about.

That's really not the fault of the management of Snowshoe, it's just that they've outgrown the size of their mountain. A 20 minute lift line on the main high-speed quad is pretty crazy when you pay $70.

Adding to that is the charm of the carefully constructed fake village at the top of the mountain. It looks nice until you go to eat something for dinner and find that every restaurant has an hour+ wait and they want $13 for a sub, $20 for a plate of spaghetti. Well, that's no biggee, I'm in a condo, I'll go get some groceries from the local supply store. Except the supplies run $4 for a can of soup, $5 for a box of macaroni, and your right arm for a can of tuna. Can we be any more overtly money-grubbing? I was expecting to see the maid come in and tilt the couch for change after we left each morning.

Did I mention that most of the mountain was closed on sunday due to high winds? And that if you have a multi-day pass you'll get no refund and like it? Buying a multi-day pass there actually means "you're selling your right to actually get what you paid for for a 5 dollar discount, have a nice day."

Highly unrecommended to anyone who values their time and money. Here's hoping Copper Mountain next month doesn't disappoint.
post #59 of 63

For weekends when Snowshoe is packed, taking advantage of Silver Creek can make a big difference.  I usually push whoever I'm with to head over to Silver Creek to have lunch at the cafeteria there.  Haven't had to wait in line there yet.  Then ski for a few hours with no lift lines before heading back to the main areas.  The runs are shorter, but fun.  The free shuttle bus ride is 10-15 min, but really not bad at all.  Plus when coming back can get up right at the Western Territories.

 

Silver Creek was built by a separate company.  So a completely different approach to the layout.  Was bought out by Snowshoe quite a while ago.

post #60 of 63
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 
For those who haven't noticed yet, Snowshoe is has a season pass deal for $199 that covers the rest of this season and 2013-14.

I picked up the season pass for myself and my two sons before the deadline and then skied SS on the 1st & Silver Creek on the 2nd.  SS was FLAT OUT PACKED on the 1st with the salute to the troops and I am certain the village was a blast for the 20-somethings but for this 50 year old dad and his 2 boys (9 & 17), we actually decided to stay off the mountain for the first time in a long time.

 

Typically, the lift line waits are fairly quick even on weekends but that day we were waiting 15 or 20 minutes each run so didn't get as many runs in.  We DID night ski Silver creek until about 8pm and it was packed as well (almost could not find a parking spot even in the way-way out parking).  Came back and skied SC during the day and it was glorious.  No lines & few skiers.  My 9 year old can run pretty much every run there but the 2 blacks so he was able to simply point and GO!  ZERO lift lines as well.

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